Leni Riefenstahl: A Life

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Macmillan, Jan 23, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 351 pages
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Dancer, actress, mountaineer, and director Leni Riefenstahl's uncompromising will and audacious talent for self-promotion appeared unmatched--until 1932, when she introduced herself to her future protector and patron: Adolf Hitler. Known internationally for two of the films she made for him, Triumph of the Will and Olympia, Riefenstahl's demanding and obsessive style introduced unusual angles, new approaches to tracking shots, and highly symbolic montages. Despite her lifelong claim to be an apolitical artist, Riefenstahl's monumental and nationalistic vision of Germany's traditions and landscape served to idealize the cause of one of the world's most violent and racist regimes.

Riefenstahl ardently cast herself as a passionate young director who caved to the pressure to serve an all-powerful Führer, so focused on reinventing the cinema that she didn't recognize the goals of the Third Reich until too late. Jürgen Trimborn's revelatory biography celebrates this charismatic and adventurous woman who lived to 101, while also taking on the myths surrounding her. With refreshing distance and detailed research, Trimborn presents the story of a stubborn and intimidating filmmaker who refused to be held accountable for her role in the Holocaust but continued to inspire countless photographers and filmmakers with her artistry.
  

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Review: Leni Riefenstahl: A Life

User Review  - Carl Rollyson - Goodreads

"Every woman adores a fascist," Sylvia Plath cried out in her poem "Daddy." "To me, Hitler is the greatest man who ever lived. He truly is without fault, so simple and at the same time possessed of ... Read full review

Review: Leni Riefenstahl: A Life

User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

The title suggests this is about the life of Leni Riefenstahl, but the greater part of the text describes her relationship with Hitler and Reich and her subsequent denials. Author Jurgen Trimborn ... Read full review

Contents

Berlin in the Time of the Kaiser
3
First Career Steps
13
Star of Mountain Films
25
Embarking on a New Career
38
FAME
53
I Was Infected
55
The Fiihrers Filmmaker
76
The Transition to Documentary Films
87
THE FALL
159
A Secret Film Project
161
Flight into the Putatively Apolitical
181
Not Immune After All?
209
Collapse and New Beginning 1945
221
Riefenstahl Discovers a New World
247
The Temporarily Final Career
262
Notes
287

Riefenstahl Shapes the Face of the Third Reich
105
Perfect Bodies
131
Privileges of a State Artist
153
Select Bibliography
317
A cknowledgments
333
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About the author (2007)

Jürgen Trimborn, born in 1971, is a professor of film, theater, and art history at the University of Cologne and serves as a consultant on films of the Third Reich for the German and American film industry. He lives and writes in Cologne and east Belgium.

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